Studies have demonstrated that about 90% of suicide completers have at least 1 psychiatric disorder and are experiencing symptoms at the time of suicide.1 It is likely that many of the individuals who commit suicide have treatable conditions. These data suggest that one of the most important ways to prevent suicide is to identify and aggressively treat psychiatric illness. The other choices are associated with suicide but to a much lower degree than the presence of a psychiatric disorder.
- Those with diagnosable psychiatric illness.
1. Turecki G. Dissecting the suicide phenotype: the role of impulsive-aggressive behaviours. J Psychiatry Neurosci 2005;30:398-408.
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